-Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was a long term transitioner because I had no idea what I was doing and it took me awhile to let go of my hair and my identity that was wrapped in it. I had always had shoulder length hair that was decently thick.
-When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
I BC’ed in the fall/winter of 2006. I was trying to do something,ANYTHING, to my hair before work one day and it was just a rats nest. I got mad and cut it off with some house scissors. My initial reaction to my hair was curiousity. I had always admired Black women with curly hair, I had a hair crush on Rachel True, and my hair when smoothed down was now doing some serious wave action. -What was your transition routine (products included)?Unfortunately I didn’t really have a routine, I didn’t know about any online resources and didnt have any natural friends to educate me. I used lots of proclaim black gel, bought it by the buckets. and african pride miracle gro. I also went to the hairdresser, just to let them do something to it.
-What was your staple hair style during the transition?
My transition styles were hair presses,roller sets and lots of drawstring ponytails.
-Why did you choose to go natural?
When I was in my early twenties ( I am 30 now)-people at work began to tell me that my hair was thinning because I am short and a lot of people look down on me. I ignored it and it kept getting thinner and thinner on my crown due to changing hairdressers every time trying to find the “one”. I moved and doing my own hair more. Many years later I went to a dermatologist and he told me that I had to stop relaxing my hair and I had a form of alopecia. And so my journey began…